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Everything BUConducting

The Omaha Symphony & Everything Conducting present:

For the first time ever, join the Everything Conducting team for an in-person seminar hosted by the Omaha Symphony! 


About the Seminar

The Everything BUT Conducting seminar is like nothing you've experienced before. Through seminars, individual sessions, and rehearsal observations, attendees will learn the ins and outs of the conducting business, how to navigate interviews and job applications, how to craft compelling programs, what it means to be an assistant conductor, and more!

This year's seminar hosted by Everything Conducting will be in partnership with the Omaha Symphony! 

All participants will be offered an individual coaching session with one of our EC Team Members tailored to your goals/interests. Need advice on your conducting videos/materials, interviewing skills or career advice? We've got you covered!


  • Ankush Kumar Bahl - Music Director of the Omaha Symphony

  • John Devlin - Music Director of the Wheeling Symphony

  • Anna Edwards - Music Director of the Seattle Collaborative Orchestra and Saratoga Orchestra

  • Enrico Lopez-Yañez - Principal Pops Conductor of the Nashville Symphony


Additional presenters from the Omaha Symphony will include: 

  • Jennifer Boomgaarden Daoud - President/CEO

  • Dani Meier - Vice President of Artistic Administration

  • Liz Kendall Weisser - Director of Education and Community Engagement

  • Alejandro Gómez Guillén - Assistant Conductor


The Everything BUT Conducting Summer Seminar will take place in Omaha, NE from

May 29th - May 31st

*(June 1st-2nd Optional)

Tuition: $500.00

Due 7 days after acceptance.

Accommodations: A special hotel rate of $95 + 18% tax

will be extended to all seminar participants at the Marriott Residence Inn - Omaha.

Hotel is walking distance to all seminar activities and a free airport shuttle is available.

All transportation to and from Omaha, NE is at the sole expense of the participants.

EC Team

Schedule of Events

*Additional Activities To Be Added

Monday May 29th

  • Welcome Event

  • How To be A Great Cover/Assistant Conductor

  • Mock Audition Interview

  • Creating Opportunities & Collaborations Where You Live

  • Evening Cocktail Hour With EC Team Members


Tuesday May 30th

  • UpBeat Live! (Live Podcast Recording)

  • Winning The Audition

  • Building Education & Pops Concerts

  • Panel With Omaha Symphony Administration Members

  • Omaha Symphony Rehearsal Observation


Wednesday May 31st

  • DEI Concert Programming 

  • Rehearsal Technique

  • Acing the Application

  • Omaha Symphony Soloist Meeting Observation

  • Omaha Symphony Rehearsal Observation


Thursday June 1st (Optional)

  • Omaha Symphony Dress Rehearsal Observation

  • Additional Activities


Friday June 2nd (Optional)

  • Omaha Symphony Masterworks Concert  

    (All participants provided complimentary ticket)


CARLOS SIMON: Fate Now Conquers 

BRAHMS: Violin Concerto (w/Stella Chen)

MAHLER: Symphony No. 5 

How to Apply

The Everything BUT Conducting Seminar aims to be an inclusive and accessible opportunity to conductors (ages 19 and up) with all levels of experience! To apply, simply complete the online google form (link below) before March 15th, 2023.


Completion of this form will signify your intent to attend the workshop and submit the $500 tuition within seven days of an email confirmation from the Everything Conducting team.


All materials submitted will be for information purposes only and have no bearing on applicant's admission. Once accepted, applicants will be notified at which point in time admission fees and additional information will be due. 

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Additional Information

One of the key elements that makes the Everything BUT Conducting seminar so unique is the behind-the-scenes opportunity to observe and shadow Music Director Ankush Kumar Bahl as he leads and prepares the Omaha Symphony for their final Masterworks concerts of the season. Through observing rehearsals, participants can expect to acquire unique insights into topics including:

  • How a conductor approaches new works with an orchestra ( Carlos Simon's Fate Now Conquers)

  • What is involved in a conductor/soloist meeting (Violin soloist Stella Chen will be performing the Brahms Violin Concerto)

  • How does a music director prepare and shape standard orchestral repertoire in rehearsal (Mahler's Symphony No. 5

  • What is the role of an assistant conductor during the rehearsal period.

When not observing rehearsals, conductors will participate in a variety of seminars (listed in schedule above) to help supplement areas of teaching often overlooked in graduate programs that are key to success in a conducting career. Additionally, they will have the opportunity to meet with key Omaha Symphony staff members to develop a better understanding of institutional structure and expectations in the professional world.

From the entire EC Team: We hope to see you in Omaha and look forward to helping you grow and develop your conducting career!

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